2014 Paris Motor Show highlights

Wearable Electronics

Google's big monthly update to Glass brings a few new Google Now cards, as well as main-sc...

You probably don't have Google Glass. Very few people who aren't developing software for the upcoming device do. But even though the big update that's about to roll out to early adopters may not apply to you, it does give us a better idea of the kinds of things we'll be able to do with the search giant's specs once they're released to the general public.  Read More

Vibram shows its Concept Smart Sole at Outdoor Retailer

Vibram recently exhibited its Smart Concept Sole to give some insight as to the company's ideas for the future of sneaker technology. Along with a remote controlled LED lighting system that allows the soles to illuminate the ground ahead, Vibram anticipates the soles in future footwear to be embedded with sensors to warn the wearer of invisible environmental hazards.  Read More

HOT Watch is a new smartwatch with a directional speaker and microphone embedded in the wr...

The smartwatch market is barely in its infancy, but it's already feeling a bit crowded. With crowdfunding success stories like the Pebble and the Agent rubbing shoulders with juggernauts like Apple, Google, and Microsoft, a new smartwatch has to bring something truly innovative to the table in order to stand out. PH Technical Labs seems prepared to do just that with the HOT Watch, which has a directional speaker and microphone embedded in the wrist, allowing the wearer to answer phone calls just by cupping their hand to their ear.  Read More

Orsto claims the Plus+ is the first smartwatch to combine full smartphone functionality wi...

Whether or not giants like Apple, Google and Microsoft get into the game, the smartwatch market is heating up quickly. We looked at more than half a dozen smartwatches in May and June alone, and about double that so far in 2013. The Plus+ from UK-based Orsto is the latest to sprout its own crowd-funding campaign. Orsto claims the Plus+ is the first smartwatch to combine full smartphone functionality with smartphone tethering.  Read More

The MTM Special Ops RAD watch includes an integrated Geiger-Müller tube for measuring harm...

There are few things more embarrassing than being caught in an all-out thermonuclear war and realizing that you've forgotten your Geiger counter. To prevent this social faux pas, MTM has released its Special Ops RAD watch. Available in black or silver (gray has already sold out) titanium cases, the RAD watch includes an integrated Geiger-Müller tube for measuring exposure to harmful ionizing radiation.  Read More

The NFC Ring takes a simple idea and opens up a world of possibilities

Near Field Communication (NFC) is a technology that's just oozing with potential. Though the mainstream adoption of near-field communication hasn't exactly gone as planned, that doesn't mean that NFC isn't still a fertile ground for great products. One upcoming product, the NFC Ring, is an example of the kinds of imaginative projects that could become more widespread a few years down the road.  Read More

The Navigo bracelet syncs to a smartphone via Bluetooth and uses vibrations to guide you i...

Having a GPS-enabled device with a built-in digital compass in your pocket is nothing special these days, but there's still room for improvement when it comes to the usability of these functions. The Navigo rises to this challenge by putting a digital compass on your wrist and giving it the ability to guide you using vibrations, as well as link wirelessly to mapping information on your smartphone.  Read More

Watchmaker Eone's debut timepiece, the Bradley, is aimed at the visually impaired and indi...

Unfortunately, there aren't many options available for the visually impaired when it comes to timepieces. While a number of talking watches and braille wristwatches with removable covers are already on the market, those often draw attention to a person's disability. That's why watchmaker Eone's debut timepiece, the Bradley, indicates the time with magnetic ball bearings that can be read subtly by touch.  Read More

The Bremont Codebreaker has a flyback chronograph movement

Watches are meant to keep time, but the UK-based firm of Bremont and the Bletchley Park Trust have teamed up to produce a watch that preserves time. The Bremont Codebreaker is a limited edition chronograph that uses original artefacts from the famous cryptographic facility to commemorate British code breaking efforts during the Second World War.  Read More

If Apple's rumored smartwatch hits store shelves, a new report suggests it might indeed be...

Unless Apple is sending us all on a wild goose chase, it looks like there might be something to those smartwatch rumors. Apple's alleged wrist-based computing device, which has been leaked several times during 2013, is looking even more likely now, as the company recently filed paperwork in Japan for a device called "iWatch."  Read More

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